ICSH is pleased to announce the winner of the Sam Machin award for 2021.


The standard of the submissions for the award's inaugural year was very high and the judging panel confirmed the winner for 2021 is Dr Katherine Creeper for her project entitled:


"To assess the postoperative changes in fibrinolysis and the utility of tranexamic in patients with inherited bleeding disorders.”


Congratulations to Dr Creeper who will be undertaking this project together with Professor Beverley hunt at St Thomas’ Hospital London, UK with ICSH looking forward to following the progress of her project at the ICSH General Assembly in October 2022.



 

About the Award


The Sam Machin ICSH Scholarship has been established in honour of the significant contributions made by Professor Sam Machin during his tenure as Chair of the International Council for Standardization in Haematology from 2007-2020.


The award is open to medical graduates who are either undertaking specialist haematology training (Haematologist-in-Training) or have completed specialist haematology training in the past 5-years.


The ICSH will support a laboratory-based project that will lead to further standardisation of testing and analysis in haematology. Projects related to standardization in cellular analysis, haemostasis, flow cytometry, haemoglobinopathies or molecular haematology are all considered to be suitable for the award. The Scholarship can be used to support research leading to a higher degree.


It is expected that project outcomes will be published in a suitable peer-reviewed laboratory haematology journal and presented at an international haematology congress. A presentation is required to be given to the ICSH General Assembly on completion of the project and within 2 years of the Scholarship being awarded. The Scholarship is to support purchase of consumables and reagents, small pieces of essential equipment or contribute to staff costs to initiate or underpin a project.


An amount up to GBP 10,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant for expenses related to the project.


Applications for the 2022 Award are expected to open mid-2022, here - https://www.icsh.org/awards




ICSH is pleased to announce the winner of the Carol Briggs-Smalley award for 2021.


The quality of the submissions to the award was once again very high and the judging panel is confirm the winner for 2021 is Ms Sarah Clarke from PathWest in WA Australia for her proposed project titled:


"The utility of flow cytometry (FISH) for detection of IGH translocations in plasma cell myeloma"


The award's judging panel and the ICSH Board wish Ms Clark many congratulations and look forward to receiving a first progress update at the ICSH General Assembly in October 2022.


 

About the Award



The Carol Briggs-Smalley Scholarship Award was set-up in 2015 to honour the significant contributions Carol Briggs made to the discipline of laboratory haematology.


Each year ICSH seeks applications from Medical Technologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists on laboratory haematology projects particularly those that are related to standardization in laboratory haematology. Projects related to standardization in cellular analysis, haemostasis, flow cytometry, haemoglobinopathies and molecular haematology are all considered to be suitable for the award.


It is expected that as part of the award the project results and findings are published in a suitable peer reviewed laboratory haematology journal and are also presented at an appropriate international haematology meeting.


An amount up to Euro 5000 is allocated to the successful applicant for expenses related to the project.


Applications for the 2022 Award are expected to open mid-2022, here - https://www.icsh.org/awards



Note:applicants with a medical qualification or PhD are ineligible for this scholarship.




This obituary was written by Sam’s friend and colleague, Dr Ian Mackie



Sam Machin MB ChB FRCP FRCPath - 26 Mar 1949 to 02 Oct 2021


Sam was educated at Manchester Grammar School, before studying medicine at Sheffield University from 1966-71. He trained in haematology at the Manchester Royal Infirmary before taking a Senior Registrar post at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School.


His career in haemostasis and thrombosis research really began when he joined Jos Vermylen and others at the Department of Vascular and Haemostasis Research, KU Leuven, in 1979-80, where he performed research on prostacyclin, haemolytic uraemic syndrome and platelets. He then returned to London to become a Consultant Haematologist with Prof Jimmie Stewart, later becoming Professor of Haematology at The Middlesex and then University College London. He trained and supervised a large number of junior doctors and scientists, most of whom achieved MDs and PhDs. Almost without exception, these people have gone on to become consultants, professors, and heads of department in hospitals, universities and industry.

In 1981 he founded what was to become the Haemostasis Research Unit at UCL and directed research in many different areas of haemostasis and thrombosis, with over 400 peer reviewed publications. His primary areas of interest were platelet function, thrombotic thrombocytopaenia, antiphospholipid syndrome and the prothrombotic effects of combined oral contraceptives. He was also interested in laboratory automation and set up an evaluations unit that studied new haematology and coagulation anlaysers/reagents.

Sam was President of the British Society for Haemostasis and Thrombosis (2001-03) and the British Society for Haematology (2005-07), serving as treasurer from 1994-2000. He chaired the British Committee for Standardisation in Haematology for many years, the UK NEQAS Haematology Steering Committee (2006-11) and the International Council for Standardization in Haematology (2007-20), as well as being vice Chairman of the Scientific Standards Committee of International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) and ISTH Treasurer for the 2003 congress in Birmingham.

He enjoyed playing and watching sport, in particular: cricket, hockey and rugby league.


A kind and generous man, although sometimes controversial. He spoke his mind and had a way of cutting through red tape and getting things done.


He earned global renown and esteem for his contributions to haemostasis and will be sadly missed by many.


A further obituary written on behalf of ICSH and the International Society for Laboratory Hematology can be found published at Wiley Online here - https://doi.org/10.1111/ijlh.13751